Human Rights Day is observed every year on December 10th, which is the day in 1948 that the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the passage of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
When the General Assembly adopted the Declaration, it was proclaimed as a “common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations” towards which individuals and societies should “strive by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance.”
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights sets out a broad range of fundamental rights and freedoms to which all people are entitled. It guarantees the rights of every individual everywhere, without distinction based on nationality, place of residence, gender, national or ethnic origin, religion, language, or any other status. Although the Declaration is not a binding document, it inspired more than 60 human rights instruments which together constitute an international standard of human rights. Today the general consent of all United Nations Member States on the basic Human Rights laid down in the Declaration makes it even stronger and emphasizes the relevance of Human Rights in our daily lives.
HOW TO OBSERVE HUMAN RIGHTS DAY
- Join a Constituency Group that Fights for your Human Rights.
- Attend a human rights event in your community.
Google, Facebook, and other events pages will show different activities close to you.
- Put on a Human Rights Day activity of your own!
For ideas on what you can do, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/blog/how-to-celebrate-human-rights-day-ds00/.
United Nations: https://www.ohchr.org/en/about_us/human_rights_day
United Nations: https://www.un.org/en/observances/human-rights-day/resources